* Posts by Sgt_Oddball

1788 posts • joined 29 Jan 2010

Amazon Lex can now speak British English... or simply 'English' if you're British

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Re: Scottish Elevator?

A sight for all to see..

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Re: It's not so much spellings...

Though if it's San Fran calling them a GIT is probably fine (though confusing to them).

GIMP's probably still out though.

GIMP icon because I do like to edit photos from time to time...

As we stand on the precipice of science fiction into science fact, people say: Hell yeah, I want to augment my eyesight!

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With regards to getting hacked..

I'd also be worried about strong magnetic fields. It'd be somewhat irritating having an MRI scan without your eyes, and down right dangerous if stray EM fields could cause interference whilst say driving or operating heavy machinery.

It would be interesting to see what sort of japes you could get upto shining various light sources, frequencies, colours and patterns to cause issues for the poor optically enhanced recipient.

iOS 14 suffers app preference amnesia: Rebooting an iThing resets browser, email client defaults back to Safari, Mail

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Not just iOS

I've seen the same behaviour on macOS 10.15.6 and the dock.

Restarted the machine after an update and blarg, back to having a dock full of Apple apps that I don't want but can't remove.

Surprise! Apple launches iOS 14 today, and developers were given just 24 hours' notice

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I reiterate...

Sony's Small apps have been with us for 8 years now. It's not a half-baked or rushed idea.

Perhaps, Apple could be playing catch-up? (especially against Sony again.. Considering when the iPhone initially came out it's main smart phone rival was the Sony W950/W960 Symbian based UIQ. Yes we know iOS was better, and that capacitive screens the way forward, but that doesn't mean Apple got there first or that others are ripping them off all the time).

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Wait a minute...

Arguably the biggest change is something called App Clips, which is faintly reminiscent of Huawei's Quick Apps. These are effectively pared-down applications designed to launch quickly and perform a limited set of tasks.

You mean Sony's small apps surely? (present since 2012... Yes, they still make android devices, stop sniggering at the back and yes, everyone now seems insistent on ripping off their good ideas, like battery life preservers, small apps, decent music apps, etc etc)

Apple takes another swing at Epic, says Unreal Engine could be a 'trojan horse' threatening security

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The thing is...

Maybe Epic has a point in that it's well known that Apple enforces it rules in strange and bizarre ways from time to time (like kicking out a well established app because they're bringing out they're own).

If Apple behaved consistently, and I don't know, took less money on the purchases but charged more for dev licenses (for example) that might balance things out.

That said both sides haven't been honest here and most likely the only winners will be the lawyers..

Safety driver at the wheel of self-driving Uber car that killed a pedestrian is charged with negligent homicide

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Re: Distracted Driving

I've seen that in Malaysia. Even more distressing was that the driver was in an 300sl roadster (1957, beautiful car).

But then they had been stuck in the same chunk of traffic for 20 mins without moving...

Something to look forward to: Being told your child or parent was radicalized by an AI bot into believing a bonkers antisemitic conspiracy theory

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Re: Wibble

Because we'd be really screwed if it managed to figure out the world's most dangerous joke (I mean, it's an AI. There's no risk of hospitalisation from hearing two of the words.)

One button to mute them all: PowerToys brings forth kill button for the conferencing generation

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Hurumph I say!

I don't want a button or shortcut that mutes me... I want a STFU button that shuts everyone else up...

Especially that one person we all know who types with a hammer.

Google wants to listen in to whatever you get up to in hotel rooms

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Re: Weasel wording alarm

Or.. "Bob Smith last time you where here you searched for the local services of 'LocalDom2000' would you like me to reserve a booking again?"

I don't think the wife would be impressed...

That said after the initial request it'd only pick up muffled grunts...

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Re: Okay Google:

And now I'm left with the question over what happens when a hive hub (surely that's just a bee hive?) gets upgraded with a religion chip?

Putting the d'oh! in Adobe: 'Years of photos' permanently wiped from iPhones, iPads by bad Lightroom app update

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Re: Obviously was not tested

You haven't been aware of Adobe for long enough have you?

Sorry if that comes across as overly cynical but this is truly par for the course since before the CCCP was retro...

Pew, pew, pew! Our galaxy is shooting cold, gaseous 'bullets' of high-speed matter. Boffins are baffled

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Ugh.... What a dirty galaxy..

Firing off mysterious matter left, right and centre...

I bet you the other galaxies are watching too... The perverts..

Gimp icon for protection against this galactic matter.

If you can't understand how Instagram 'influencers' make millions, good luck with these virtual ones doing even better

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Re: How to be an influencer.

I dunno, Techmoan seems to have revived a number of dead formats (I blame the nieche but rising popularity in Minidisc on the man) and whilst he does review stuff that he's paid to do he's not afraid of being critical.

It's better than the running joke that is Linus Tech Tips and their segways..

Fire icon because of the Techmoans recent vids on in-flight plane announcements...

Bunch of mugs keep risking life and limb to 'crockery bomb' sad little roundabout

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Re: Oh come on...

I dunno, our local council is very keen on film festivals, carnivals, light nights and beer festivals.

I'm pretty sure they're considered fun by some...

'Get out of my office, you're being a pest!' Yes, son. Toymaker releases work-from-home-themed play sets

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It's been on the cards..

For a while anyways at current reconning it's about 1,553 miles round trip not including detours.

As for stopping at every distillery.. I wish, but we do have a few key ones we want to drop in on (Campbeltown's Longrow being one, Spayside's Longmorn and Inchgoer being some others. Haven't decided on the Highlands/Lowlands yet..).

Thankfully after all this the wife has her driving licence so we can at least share driving duties.

As for renting a car.. Tempted to rent a Volvo 122S that I'd seen (an uncle in law owns a barn find 123GT that I've taken a shine to and the 122S is as close as I've seen for rent), but her that much be obeyed pointed out that would impact the whiskey budget...

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<quote>And for all you work-from-home parents out there with patchy childcare, we see you. You're doing a great job.</quote>

Thanks.. If only the wife thought the same (she's back at work 3 days a week but often has to go in more).

Our Scottish road trip cannot come soon enough.

UK govt reboots A Level exam results after computer-driven fiasco: Now teacher-predicted grades will be used after all

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10,000? If only...

My wife (being of nasty Johnny foreigner type) had to fully paid for her medic degree which came at around £16,000 a year. In '96...

What they cost now I have no idea but pretty sure it'd be alot more than that now.

Farewell to notches and hole-punches? ZTE expected to announce mobe with under-display camera next month

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Big Brother

So no-one's....

Going to call out the further implications of this tech?

Think having anything with a screen capable of having a camera hidden behind it.

Some would make sense - camera hidden in a cash machine/ATM/hole in the wall. Bezel-less laptop screen without the F7 key popup hack for the webcam.

To the less pleasant, things like bus stop screens, tourist information screens, ads in shopping centres. To truly unpleasant like that big widescreen TV in your hotel room.. Or the screens in toilets like in service stations.

Me, I like knowing where the damn camera is.

Big Brother because with this he truly could be watching you.

Sun welcomes vampire dating website company: Arrgh! No! It burns! It buuurrrrnsss!

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Re: Inappropriate garb


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Re: Inappropriate garb

That sounds like a Bruneian friend of ours. Just about every boarder guard at airports would pull him up over his passport (usually then proceeding to get every other boarder guard to ogle his passport as well).

Sometimes this would be a 10 minute wait... Sometimes it would be hours.

There's a reason he preferred to travel private jet if the opportunity ever arrose (he's one of their leading doctors so gets that as a perk now).

All apart from our local city airport... They'd seen him enough to not even raise an eyebrow usually (unless it was a new guard and even then I'm sure they had some system flag to tell them to not hassle him much).

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Re: Inappropriate garb

On the flipside, I turned up to my current job in my best suit and dressed smartly for the first day after getting the job.

My manager took one look at me on that day and said he never wanted to see me wearing it ever again. So jeans and tee-shirt have been the norm ever since...

Well apart from the promotion interview. Old broken ribs causing my lungs to be in agony, cue heavy duty painkillers and a very tight waistcoat so I could at least speak without wincing.

Epic Games gets itself epically banned, launches epic Fortnite death match with Apple over App Store's epic 30% cut

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Re: The real story here

Just when you 2020 was finally out of astonishing events...

Next you'll be telling me they've sent an invite to the next iPhone launch...

Clarke's Third Law: Any sufficiently advanced techie is indistinguishable from magic

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Re: a GUI in the office was a dim and distant dream.

Nowadays just being in 'the office' is a dim and distant dream...

From the time.... The time before....

*stares wistfully out of my study window onto the suburban street below and remembers the time before the apocalypse*

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Re: There is no problem

We used to have a 20 pdr sledge hammer in the server room just for such a reason.

Ink tanks park themselves all over the lawns of Western Europe as orders flood in

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Refillable cartridges too..

Are proving difficult to aquire as I found out for the wife's semi-pro photo printer (2 cartridges? Pah! 4 cartridges? For the common folk... This one takes 6 because CMKY + grey and an extra larger black).

Just when we were thinking on boxing it away since it otherwise only got used three or four times every couple of months.

Tencent’s gaming surge trumps potential loss of the one or two percent of cash it makes in America

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Re: WeChat dominance

You think it being a separate company would stop him? I admire your optimism.

Same goes with him leaving the office easily...

Nuclear icon because you know he's been eyeing up that red button..

That's how we roll: OWC savagely undercuts Apple's $699 Mac Pro wheels with bargain $199 alternative

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Lifetime warranty eh?

*scratches chin thoughtfully*

I wonder how specific the clauses are?

For that money I'd truly consider using them for something prone to having high wheel wear so that I'd get the best value for money out of them.

That said all I can think of is my office chair or maybe attach them to the welded steel frame I've got in the drive for a mobile workbench...

Aviation regulator outlines fixes that will get the 737 MAX flying again

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Re: Hmm.

Ahh, missed that one.

But then I treat Ryanair with the same contempt I give the Daily Heil Mail so I missed that announcement.

Tramp because now I need a drink after mentioning two loathed companies in the same sentence..

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Re: Hmm.

Re: #4 - they'll rename it. At least if they have a braincell. It's amazing how often a faulty product can get relaunched with a name change and people accept it (or at least enough people to justify it).

Paris because would a rose smell as sweet with another name?

They say the tooth will set you free... so Brit dentist trade union tells members: 'Bad news – we've been hacked'

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I'm going to have let the wife know. And then get here to tell her colleagues & friends.

Not the best start to her day off.

(she is a dentist and this is the last thing she needs at the moment).

Days after President Trump suggests pausing election over security, US House passes $500m for states to shore up election security

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Re: The way it will pan out

It's strange to see how much of this Warren Ellis predicted in Transmetropolitan.

Not sure though if Trump is the Beast or the Smiler...

Both were just as insane as the Trump.

AMD is now following More's Law: More chips, more money, more pressure on Intel, more competition in the x86 space

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Re: Again seems history repeating itself

If AMD has always been playing catch-up, why did Intel licence x86-64 from AMD?

Whilst I would admit Bulldozer was a misstep, I've yet to see any evidence of incompatibility with software and AMD Ryzen/Threadripper/Epyc chips (for the record I'm running a Ryzen on my desktop and haven't come across anything that hasn't worked yet).

Though I'd always be interested to see if you have any sources for remark.

Google search trends used to calculate floating prophylactic prices

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The more you think about it

The harder it gets...

Are you sitting comfortably? Then we'll begin. Hang on, the PDP 11/70 has dropped offline

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Front panels and security keys...

Useful things for stopping important buttons being pressed by accident.

Naturally the key is never anywhere to be found when you actually need it (usually it's hiding in an old floppy disk storage box that seem to lurk in server rooms built outside of the last decade and a half).

Fun times..

Coat icon because you always check your coat for keys first..

Black hole destroys corona

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So plaid suits all round then? Got it...

51 years after humans first set foot on the Moon, a deepfaked Nixon mourns how Armstrong and Aldrin never made it home

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Has anyone.....

Hooked George Orwell to a dynamo yet? Pretty sure his spinning in his grave could power greater London by now?

Anyone else find it odd that the more the future becomes certain the past becomes less so?

I mean it taking Gas lighting to a whole new level (though our unelected leaders currently are in the amateur hour level, what with blog editing and denying figures they put out mere weeks ago. And no, going for a drive to Barnard Castle is still not a good way to check your eyesight).

Can we have our competent but bland leaders back please? All is forgiven...

When Apollo met Soyuz: 45 years ago, Americans and Russians played together nicely... IN SPAAAAACE

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Re: LOL, and what if it's all a hoax?

With regards to the lack of stars in the pictures. Have you taken a look outside during the daytime? See any stars?

This Sun thing keeps blocking them out by being an order of magnitudes brighter.

Now, if they went to the dark side of the moon. Then yes, they would have seen stars. But they weren't so they didn't.

It's a fallacy that when you see black skies, that you'd see stars caused by seeing it happen on earth and expecting it the same way everywhere else.

The world's nonsense keeping you awake in middle of the night? Good news. Go outside and see this two-tail comet

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Re: "For the UK, the comet is circumpolar"

Nah, import the larger. It means more of the good stuff for the rest of us who know better.

Shopped recently in a small online store? Check this list to see if it was one of 570 websites infected with card-skimming Magecart

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Re: List sorting

It is in Alphabetical order, it's just that it goes onto the next page's column directly below not onto the secondary column on the same page.

Mind the airgap: Why nothing focuses the mind like a bit of tech antiquing

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Re: I was suspected of Dyspraxia...

I've tried.. My dad also had a thing for Welsh ofr a while as well which was madness inducing.

On the flipside I married a girl who can speak in 6 different languages which is a feat I could never achieve (though I can at least order food in Spanish, Italian and Malay.)

As for the down votes, would the commentard care to explain?

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I was suspected of Dyspraxia...

After multiple tests it was concluded that my nervous system hadn't fully formed and for the most part I would grow out of it. Didn't help one bit with the dyslexia though (hate that word. It's cruel to have to try and remember which letter goes where in it).

I too have a retro laptop because it's much nicer to type on than newer machines (lenovo x200t, the thing is a tank and has my second favourite keyboard to type on).

I do wonder if there is any new machines with really good keyboards anymore? (the wife's new asus lappy isn't terrible but it's still not got enough key movement for me to be happy).

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Re: What looks like gobbledegook

I beg to differ...

When a deleted primary device file only takes 20 mins out of your maintenance window, but a whole year off your lifespan

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Could be worse...

I managed to forget which drives I had my OS installed on for my home server and happily nuked the raid array whilst finishing up adding all 12, 600gb drives I've bought (they're getting pricy secondhand now, not impressed).

Thankfully, it was just windows 2012 r2 and I hadn't finished playing with it yet enough ot put anything sensitive.

So it's now running Ubuntu server and couldn't be happier with only cli commands.

Dutch national broadcaster saw ad revenue rise when it stopped tracking users. It's meant to work like that, right?

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Shocking news!

People interested in a subject, more frequently interested in using products, services related to subject?!

In other news, Pope a Catholic, bears deficate in woods and Sherlock loses track of Schitt.

On a more serious note, the issue is also that the RTB ads are easier to setup for sites, since they don't require adding context for articles. But as with many things this is probably much more nuanced a subject.

Cool IT support drones never look at explosions: Time to resolution for misbehaving mouse? Three seconds

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Re: Mouse mats with logos -avoid, avoid, avoid

The father in law gave me a very beautiful Chinese bird painting one. Had to explain that I couldn't use it for this reason which disappointed him somewhat. Now I just it as a picture on my desk and stick to using a grey paper cutting board that I've had for years (nice and stiff, really smooth and teflon mouse feet glide over it like a charm).

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Re: I'm sure we've all done this too

I thought I was the only one! Always seems to happen when walking home after drinking my taxi money..

Stinker, emailer, trawler, spy: How an engineer stole top US chip designs, smuggled them to China to set up a rival fab

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So what about Chinese non-nationals?

Asking on behalf of Enquiring minds (I know alot of Chinese people, who weren't born in China. I even married one of them). South-east Asia happens to have alot of racial Chinese around (South Thailand has lots, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia too). Then there's the North West American seaboard which has large numbers of 2nd, 3rd or beyond generation racial Chinese.

Most of them have very little connection these days to the Mother Country (though my wife has visited the village her great grandfather was raised in before he moved abroad).

Also what of those from Hong Kong or Taiwan? Things get strange when you're talking the difference between mainlanders and Honkies (blame the wife for that one) who tend to be somewhat confrontational at the moment.

Apple says if developers are unhappy with its App Store decisions, it will entertain appeals against its rulings – and even its own rules

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Re: "The proof is in the pudding"

Are you implying that the pudding is of equal quality to Dibblers eponymous 'Sausage-in-a-bun (contains meat with personality)'?

No mention of rejection notices at least being more clear other than some vague and arbitrary clause that doesn't mention what exactly has caused the rejection (is it a feature, function or some new rule thats suddenly come in when an update gets reviewed that gets your app rejected?).

Time as with many things will tell.


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